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June 1, 2006 12 separate DNA lines have been established within the GILLESPIE/MACPHERSON DNA PROJECT. Participants are falling into two haplogroups -- R1b1 which is the most common in European populations, and I which indicates an ancient ancestor in Northwestern Europe and common with Viking populations. Participants in one haplogroup cannot be related to participants in another haplogroup.
Results from 20 DNA test kits are available. Within those 20 kits, four GILLESPIE DNA groups (2 in haplogroup I and 2 in haplogroup R1b1) and six additional GILLESPIE DNA lines (all in R1b1) have been identified, establishing 10 separate GILLESPIE DNA lines.
There are two MCPHERSONS in the project, both are in haplogroup R1b1. These participants are not a match to each other or to GILLESPIE participants, therefore establishing 2 separate MCPHERSON lines.
One R1b1 GILLESPIE has found significant matches within the Clan Campbell DNA Project. Another R1b1 GILLESPIE has found significant matches within the Meek DNA Project. One McPherson line has found significant matches within the McNeil DNA Project. These individuals have not matched other Gillespies and their matches outside their own surnames indicate deep ancestry - presurname matches.
LINE 11 - DNA TEST KIT #43984 -- April 24, 2006 -- No close DNA matches have been found with GILLESPIE DNA PROJECT participants. Haplogroup R1b1 is the most common in European populations.
Kit #43984 is a close match to participants in the MACNEIL SURNAME Y-DNA PROJECT and has also joined that group. MacPherson of Barra is closely connected to McNeil of Barra. Barra is an island in the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macneil.html
#1 NEIL MACPHERSON, lived at Bruthernish, Barra, Scotland. He married MARY MACNEIL.
#2 MICHAEL MACPHERSON b. Barra, Scotland about 1810. He married FLORA MACKENZIE.
LINE #12 - DNA KIT #58184 -- June 1, 2006 -- No close DNA matches have been found with GILLESPIE DNA PROJECT participants. Haplogroup R1b1 is the most common in European populations.
Kit #58184 has a few close matches with CAMPBELL and MACDONALD and has also joined those DNA projects.
#1 HUGH MCPHERSON, b. about 1730, at unk.
#2 MALCOLM MCPHERSON, b. July 29, 1758, Lergiechoniemore, Craignish, Argyll, Scotland, d. 1841-1851, Craignish, Argyll, married FLORA CAMPBELL, b. about 1769 d. about 1845, Craignish, Argyll, Scotland
#3 HUGH MCPHERSON b. 1794, Kilmichael Glassary, Argyll, Scotland, d. 1871, Barrachan, Craignish, Argyll, Scotland
1st wife ANNABELLA LIVINGSTONE, b. 1802, Inveraray, Argyll, Scotland, d. 1845 Craignish, Argyll, Scotland
2nd wife CHRISTIAN MUIR, Glassary, b. about 1820, Argyll, Scotland, d. unk.
#4 ARCHIE MCPHERSON, born 1827, d. 1883, Craignish, Argyll, Scotland, married MARION MCMASTER, b. about 1828, Morvern, Argyll, Scotland, d. 1886, Glasgow, Scotland
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